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Hatsune Celebrates its 13 Year Anniversary!
Entering a corridor lined with strings of origami cranes, guests were given a ceramic sake shot glass ring upon arrival to help themselves to our free-flow drum sake wells. Following the pathway of colorful lanterns and Hatsune’s signature school of ceramic fish led guests into the main party area where guests went crazy for our Sushi Head Photobooth and DJ Patrick Yu was playing everything from classic hip hop jams to old school rock.
Hatsune’s annual anniversary bash celebrates everything we love about Hatsune – tasty sushi rolls, great cocktails, free-flow sake and awesome sushi heads who know how to party. It’s been an eventful year with the opening of Hatsune’s newest restaurant branch in Kerry Shopping Mall and renovations of both Hatsune Taikoo Li Sanlitun branch and Karaiya Spice House, it’s only appropriate for the Hatsune team to host an extra awesome birthday bash as they have a lot to be proud of achieving in just a year’s time!
Continuing in their tradition to innovate and impress guests with new surprises – this year’s sushi head photobooth and sake shot rings were as precious as they were adorable and the photo results below say it all!
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Hatsune’s New Facelift: Same Same but Very Different
After closing a month for renovations, the Taikoo Li Sanlitun branch of Hatsune Japanese Restaurant just re-opened on Monday evening this week and by Tuesday evening, the place was fully booked and pretty much running just as smoothly as it did before they closed shop.
Having seen it during the knock-down (we pretty much tore apart the entire front section of the restaurant), I was dying to see the final product knowing just how much work went into the new design. For those who don’t know – almost all restaurants in Sanlitun Village had to remodel their look to accommodate Swire Properties’ regulation that all venues can not be more than 1 story high. The same reason why Modo changed its concept to be an Urban Deli and Karaiya Spice House moved locations to a few doors down from where it once was, Hatsune had to tear down its two-story kitchen and move around the sushi bar to the back of the restaurant to make room for the extended kitchen space.
Stepping inside the same entrance, the narrow passageway inside has changed angles and no longer features a hand-sensor triggered sliding door (way too many confused customers thinking the doors would open automatically). Now, the entrance features transparent glass floors displaying large stones and fish-imprints in the delicate sand and a long wall designed with beautiful wood carvings. Where once was a private dining room for 14, the space is now much more open with only a glass wall that divides the section from the rest of the restaurant. For those who want to organize a big group, this section can seat up to 25 and would be perfect for private bookings!
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Middle 8 中八楼’s Upscale Branch on the 4th Floor of Taikoo Li Sanlitun Village
Over the years, I’ve seen Yunnan cuisine really take shape in Beijing with over a dozen tasty restaurants all specializing in signature Yunnanese dishes spread across the city.
And one of the first restaurants that introduced me to the wonderful world of Yunnan cuisine is Middle 8th 中八楼. Not only has this brand been around for what seems like the very beginning of Beijing’s dining scene, their original location still exists and it’s pretty guaranteed to be jam-packed lunch and dinner daily. In fact, business is so good that they have multiple other locations in the city including their newest branch on the 4th floor of Sanlitun Taikoo Li Village, located directly above Hatsune Japanese restaurant. Access is through a single elevator, but you can also take the stairs behind the elevator if the lift is too crowded.
Though I still prefer to make the effort to support the more off-the-beaten track options tucked away down narrow hutongs in Gulou like the recently opened Hani Gejiu by Chef Sue Zhou and the classic, tried and true Dali Courtyard with its charming courtyard space perfect for summer nights, Middle 8 is ideal for those who prefer staying in comfort of the dining hot spot that is Sanlitun, especially now that there are two branches within walking distance.
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Time to Reserve Your Seats for CFFC 2013 on November 2nd in Beijing
The fifth annual Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC) dinner event is once again taking place on the first Saturday of November – November 2nd to be precise and tickets just went on sale this week. Less than a month away, you’ll want to start figuring out which restaurant and table host you’ll want to book while they’re still available online!
An event praised for bringing together local opinion leaders, celebrities and other charitable-minded individuals to raise money for worthwhile philanthropic causes at Beijing’s top restaurants, CFFC is an inspiring event that involves such a strong community of individuals that really rallies their friends and associates to make this one of the most highly anticipated events of the year.
If you are unfamiliar with CFFC, the concept is easy enough to digest:
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Hatsune Hits the the 12 Year Mark
With hundreds of colorful paper lanterns lining Hatsune’s ceilings and geishas passing out gifts disguised as origami cranes, we were in the mood to host our favorite party of the year – our annual anniversary bash to celebrate everything we love about Hatsune – tasty sushi rolls, great cocktails and awesome people who know how to party. After an epic 12 year anniversary party and a very long weekend, I hope you have all recovered from Hatsune’s birthday celebrations.
We were blown away by the big turn-out, thank you to everyone for spreading the word, coming out in such good form, and being a part of our big day. After such a long streak (12 years is quite a streak), we’re so proud to have such a devoted and fantastic community of sushi addicts, samurai senseis and gorgeous geishas to call our big Hatsune family. And as much as you guys love our sushi rolls and strong long islands, we love you more!
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CFFC 2012 After Party at Hatsune (Photo by Lakshitha Yapa)
Reflecting on this past year, I am reminded of one of the most spectacular evenings of the year. It’s an event that comes only once a year, a glamorous evening that rallies hundreds of Beijingers together in an effort to wine, dine and party for good causes.
An event I am personally very proud to be a part of, Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC) is a Beijing’s premiere charity dining event that’s only getting better each year. This 2012, we managed to raise over RMB 400,000 in just one night in Beijing! It’s astounding to watch this event raise the bar each year, with word-of-mouth going viral and seeing more and more people active and excited about such a worthwhile charity event.
Originally founded by Michael Crain, Chi Fan for Charity has quickly made a name for itself as one of Beijing (and now Shanghai)’s most highly-anticipated culinary and charity events of the year.
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